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Alex Smith ‘pumped at the opportunity’ to play for Washington

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The trade won’t be official for another month, but quarterback Alex Smith already feels like he’s a part of Washington’s team.

Over the weekend, Smith was at the Pebble Beach Pro Am, and he stopped to chat on the Murph & Mac podcast for KNBR-AM in San Francisco. The conversation included a the Chiefs deal that will send him to Washington for a third-round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.

“I’ve been online. I would be lying if I said the wife and I have not been like scoping out the area on Google Maps to get the lay of the land,” Smith said. “I’m jacked. I’m really excited. Once I found out that things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped at the opportunity, and when Washington came calling I was hopeful that that was a possible destination, and I’m just jacked that it worked out. They wanted me because the feeling was mutual and I’m looking forward to it.”

Smith appeared in 76 games for the Chiefs and threw for 17,608 yards and 102 touchdowns against only 33 interceptions. The Chiefs made the playoffs four times in his five seasons.

Although Smith turns 34 in May, retirement hasn’t crossed his mind.

“I feel amazing. I feel great,” Smith said. “I feel like the last five, six years have flown by. I’ve had more fun than I’ve ever had playing the game. The challenge of it. My body feels great, so yeah. I feel like I can’t see the horizon at this point. People keep asking me that, and I don’t see it. I don’t see it in the near future.

“Obviously things change, but I’m just loving what I’m doing too much, the challenge of it. I still haven’t gotten there obviously, and you’re after that big one, right? You’re trying to do whatever you can and figure it out and find the answer.”

When The Star’s Terez A. Paylor broke the news of the Smith trade, one of the first people to contact Smith was Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. They were Chiefs teammates in 2016, and Smith was cheering for the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

“He’s such an awesome guy, just a good, good person,” Smith said. “Obviously really talented. To see him kind of get back in and get this opportunity and to go see what he did with it, I thought it was so much fun to watch. Certainly, I was rooting for them, which is weird because now I’m in the division. It literally happened the week of (the Super Bowl). … So Nick is getting ready to play a Super Bowl game, and he was one of the first people to text me when it all went out. He’s just an awesome person, a great teammate, so I was really happy for him.”

See that? Smith talked about being in the NFC East.

Foles was the MVP of Super Bowl LII, and Smith was thrilled to see the game plan that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson called. Pederson was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator when he was hired by the Eagles.

“I loved that Doug kind of stayed aggressive with him, let him go out there and rip it,” Smith said. “Let him play to his strengths, don’t be conservative with him, don’t put him in a box. They let him play free, right? And I think he got into a rhythm, you saw that, and obviously he’s more than capable, I think he’s got a ton of talent. I was stoked for him...”

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